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A Note from Nate Strauss

Posted on 07/17/2011 @ 10:56 PM

Greetings from Impact: D.C.! Nate Strauss here from Farmington Hills, Michigan on the Impact blog. Yesterday was our very first Shabbat as a D.C. Family. The overall process of Shabbat was incredibly interactive and eye opening to me. From our Friday night meditation service and Shabbat friendly song session to our Limmud discussion groups and Havdallah at the Lincoln Memorial, Shabbat was truly awesome. Friday night opened my eyes to the amount of fun one could have on Shabbat. 80 people singing popular Jewish songs was the kickoff to our experience. Right after, we divided into teams for a National Treasure inspired scavenger hunt around a section of the George Washington Campus. Wakeup Saturday morning was a lot later than normal, meaning more sleep for all of us! We were all given the chads to choose a Synagogue from 5 different options. I chose the traditional Conservative temple and loved it. The whole Impact group that was there even got our own Aliyah in the Torah service! It was awesome to have such an honor. Chofesh (break) was extra long, so i checked out the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and the Library of Congress. After that, I took the metro back to GW and prepared for Havdallah. The Lincoln Memorial was the perfect setting for our service. We got to watch the sun set over the Washington Monument and got to explore the memorial. To end the night, we broke up into our Service Site groups for Circle/Reflection time. The Metro Teen Aids team went to the World War II memorial, a perfect way to end the day.

I will never forget the first Shabbat we had as a group. I think it truly brought us all closer and helped us meet everyone that we hadn't quite talked to yet. I am absolutely loving Impact and Shabbat was no exception!

Nate Strauss, Farmington Hills, MI

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